British troops face new charges as bodies of Iraqi civilians are exhumed
Charges against British troops are believed to be imminent following fresh allegations of crimes committed in Iraq, including cases relating to the
deaths of civilians.
Army investigators have exhumed the bodies of 6 civilians who were allegedly shot dead by soldiers in the British-controlled region of southern Iraq
for investigators to perform forensic tests. Their reports are in the final legal stages with the Army Prosecuting Authority.
Two of the cases are being considered by the Army Prosecuting Authority and are expected to result in charges. It is not known whether British troops
will face any charges in relation to the other cases but the Government is believed to be considering claims for compensation from the families.
The two cases before the Army Prosecuting Authority are those of Ghanim Gatteh al- Roaimi, allegedly killed outside his home after a neighbour's
wedding in January 2004 (where celebratory shots were fired in the air), and Waleed Fa'ai Muzban, who was allegedly shot dead at an army checkpoint
in August 2003.
These are the 6 cases in question:
KAGHAN AL-ROAIMI, Age: 17
Killed: 2 January 2004 Allegedly shot at his door after wedding when shots were fired in air. Before Army Prosecuting Authority
WALEED FA'AI MUZBAN, Age: 44
Killed: 24 August 2003 Allegedly shot dead at a checkpoint in Basra. Family claim he did not hear a warning to stop
HANNAN SAYEED AWAD, Age: 30
Killed: 11 November 2003
Shot at Directorate of Education. Family denies Army claim that shots came from building
MOHAMMED SALEM, Age: 45
Killed: 7 November 2003 Shot at relative's home. Army says it was given malicious information he was an insurgent
HASSAN IZBALI, Age: 21
Killed: 9 August 2003 Family claims he left his market stall after violence began and was shot dead returning home
JAWAD KARDHAM BAHIR, Age: 48
Killed: 28 August 2003 Shot on the roof of his home. Family claim soldiers fired after children let off fireworks
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